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A monk asked Joshu, “What is the meaning of
Bodhidharma's coming to China?”
Joshu said, “The oak tree in the garden.”

A monk asked Zhaozhou, “What is the living meaning of Zen?”
Zhaozhou said, “The cypress tree in the yard.”
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Wilbur Pan lives in New Jersey, and is responsible for what goes on here. This is mainly about Japanese woodworking tools and other wooddorking things. Plus stupid jokes.

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While in the Wangfujing Xinhua Bookstore, which is said to be the largest bookstore in Beijing, I found the section with books on crafts and hobbies. The small green box in the lower left hand corner outlines the woodworking books.
The rest of the books? All on knitting. Figures.

While in the Wangfujing Xinhua Bookstore, which is said to be the largest bookstore in Beijing, I found the section with books on crafts and hobbies. The small green box in the lower left hand corner outlines the woodworking books.

The rest of the books? All on knitting. Figures.

   Anonymous asked:

Hi Wilbur! Does one use a bench hook in Japanese traditional woodworking? Have you seen one being used or do you use one? If so would its design be something like the reverse of a typical bench hook design? Do Japanese traditional woodworkers rely on bench accessories like we do in Western Hemisphere?

There are methods of setting up what effectively is a bench hook for shooting the end of a board or for jointing an edge so that it is square to your reference face. Stay tuned for more information.

I do have a more traditional-looking bench hook with an adjustable fence that I use for shooting the ends of a board with a Japanese plane. It’s made by Rob Hanson of Evenfall Studios, and it’s terrific.

Diva.

Diva.

Window motif, found in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China.
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Window motif, found in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China.
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Window motif, found in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China.
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Window motif, found in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China.